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First Mortgage Default Rate Up Four Basis Points

Credit rating agency Experian, along with the S&P Dow Jones Indices, has released its latest monthly iteration of its Consumer Credit Default Indices Report for July 2022 which aims to represent a “comprehensive” measure of changes in consumer credit default rates and shows that the composite default rate rose four basis points to 0.57% from 0.53% in June. 

Breaking the total default rate down, the first mortgage default rate was up four basis points to 0.42%. the highest default rate since September 2020. Additionally, the bank card default rate fell 11 basis points to 2.44% and the auto loan default rate was four basis points higher at 0.66% 

Four of the five major metropolitan statistical areas showed higher default rates compared to last month. Miami had the largest increase, up 14 basis points to 1.13%. Chicago rose nine basis points to 0.67%. Los Angeles was six basis points higher, at 0.52%, while Dallas increased five basis points to 0.62%. New York dropped six basis points to 0.65%. 

Jointly developed by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and Experian, the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices are published on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. ET. They are constructed to track the default experience of consumer balances in four key loan categories: auto, bankcard, first mortgage lien and second mortgage lien. The Indices are calculated based on data extracted from Experian's consumer credit database. This database is populated with individual consumer loan and payment data submitted by lenders to Experian every month. Experian's base of data contributors includes leading banks and mortgage companies, and covers approximately $11 trillion in outstanding loans sourced from 11,500 lenders. 

About Author: Kyle G. Horst

Kyle G. Horst is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he has worked for a number of daily, weekly, and monthly publications in South Dakota and Texas. With more than 10 years of experience in community journalism, he has won a number of state, national, and international awards for his writing and photography including best newspaper design by the Associated Press Managing Editors Group and the international iPhone photographer of the year by the iPhone Photography Awards. He most recently worked as editor of Community Impact Newspaper covering a number of Dallas-Ft. Worth communities on a hyperlocal level. Contact Kyle G. at [email protected]
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